Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2012 02:34 UTC
Google "Back in March, we began work on a Metro-style enabled desktop browser, a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. (Chrome won't run in WinRT, i.e. Windows 8 on ARM processors, as Microsoft is not allowing browsers other than Internet Explorer on the platform). If you're running the Release Preview of Windows 8, you'll be able to try Chrome in Metro mode in the next Chrome Dev channel release by setting it as your default browser." Metro-Chrome is just plain Chrome running in Metro, without a proper Metro UI at this point. They're working on that though, so this is really very early game. Good to know they're on it, though - I love me some WebKit.
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by Gone fishing on Fri 8th Jun 2012 07:50 UTC
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Sorry to be off topic but I've been wondering why?

Why would MS abandon Aqua and impose Metro, when it must be obvious by now that it's not liked, and wont be adopted by business, reviews of it as a desktop UI are poor. OK some reviews of it as a touch screen interface are fair, but for years and possible always most users will not be using touch screen interfaces – I don't wont one on my desktop, I don't wont a permanently dirty screen, plus reaching the screen is more awkward than using a mouse.

So why? I think the answer is MS's old and successful strategy of using one monopoly to support or create another, such as Windows and Office. MS has a near monopoly as a desktop OS it has a chance if it acts quickly of using this as leverage to become dominant in the mobile space. I'm sure the ideas is to impose Metro on users who have (or at least think they have) little choice of a desktop OS. The users will then become used to Metro and so when they move into the mobile space they buy a Windows device as they are already familiar with metro and do not need to become familiar with another system. This could be very effective with many groups of reluctant technology users and if Windows apps are ported across to the mobile space more advanced Windows users.

I suppose trying to stop other browsers using Windows 8 is something MS couldn't resist, obviously loosing the IE monopoly still smarts.

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